Independent research exposes Barnaby Joyce's pork barrel

Independent research by the Parliamentary Library demonstrates that Barnaby Joyce's determination to relocate the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) from Canberra to his own electorate is no one than a pork barrel exercise.

The Library's examination of the Policy Order which has been used to give effect to the move has shown that only four regional towns; Armidale, Bathurst, Rockhampton and Townsville would be eligible. Three are in National Party or LNP seats, the fourth is Herbert, a marginal electorate the Coalition is desperate to win back.

None of the other three towns were given a chance to bid for the APVMA. There was no process other than Barnaby Joyce's plan to save himself during the 2016 election.

Reports that the APVMA approval times are plummeting due to the relocation will be of great concern to the agriculture sector.

The National Farmers' Federation and leading agriculture industry groups continue to warn that the relocation of the APVMA will severely adversely impact on the agriculture sector.

This week's Senate public hearing, on Tuesday 11 April 2017, into the poorly thought out policy order and adverse impact on the APVMA relocation will demonstrate what a bad idea Barnaby Joyce's pork barrel is.

Surely then the Prime Minister will intervene before millions of tax payer dollars are wasted and the damage to the agriculture sector and possibly human health impacts are irreversible.

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